Do your interiors need a nudge in the right direction? Kim Armstrong has a one-day solution for you. (Photo: Deanna Boyd)

Award-winning interior designer Kim Armstrong recently launched Day of Design, and it’s a really genius way to fluff up your space.

Let’s say you just need a lil’ help, not a full-on hand-hold, just more of a nudge in the right direction. Day of Design is the perfect solution.

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Maestri Gallery

Eddie Maestri is one of those guys that innately knows what’s cool. I met Eddie years ago, in my former life as a photography stylist and producer. I was scouting cool houses, and of course, he lived in one. Eddie has become one of the finest architects in Dallas. He has developed Maestri Studio, a full-service, turn-key architecture and interior design studio, into one of the most cutting-edge firms in the city. They not only build you a fantastic home, but with the launch of Maestri Gallery at 401 Exposition Avenue, they can also furnish it right down to the artwork and accessories. (more…)

Remember that freeze we had just before Christmas last?  Somehow, something had knocked the insulation off a fire sprinkler pipe in the attic above our media room, which took talent because we have a ton of insulation in our attics. Since I seldom go upstairs, I did not know there was a leak from a frozen fire sprinkler that burst once it thawed, filling the room like a swimming pool. When I opened the door to the garage, directly below this room, it was Niagara Falls!

A whole lot of clean up, drying, hauling, moving, and wall/floor repair later, I am learning first hand the difference between two foundations, the post tension slab and old-fashioned pier and beam.

First off I consulted one of my trusty Candy’s Dirt-approved homebuilders, Tony Visconti of Bella Custom Homes. Tony builds multi-million dollar estates, huge ones, such as his glorious home on Deloache. The available home at 4926 Deloache in Old Preston Hollow is a pier and beam foundation with a basement. This home is a little over 14,000 square feet of luxurious finish out, all situated on a gorgeous, wooded 1.76 acre lot.

Which foundation is better, I asked?

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KimArmstrongLuxe

Award-winning interior designer Kim Armstrong was facing a conundrum. How could she help budget-conscious clients achieve their design dreams while still protecting her own interests? After all, it doesn’t matter how much you like someone, she had a business to run, and a lady’s gotta get paid. Then a light bulb clicked on and Inbox Interiors was born.

“It kind of happened organically,” Armstrong said. “I would get really excited about a client and once we started talking pricing, I’d realize that my full service was a little bit out of reach. And then we’re both disappointed!  Some of my clients really would love a full-service Kim Armstrong design, but can’t afford it at this stage in their lives. And so this provides a great opportunity for the client and for me. It really caters to a market that might not be ready for the full service just yet.”

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Michael Davis and daughter Jennifer, Director of Marketing, Capital Distributing

I have known Jan and Michael Davis since they opened their very first showroom in the Dallas Design District back in the early 2000’s. We hit it off immediately as their love of family and children just shone through, and I was immediately drawn by their huge circle of warmth. We became fast friends — I could not wait to introduce my family to their’s — and they have remained fast, steady friends and supporters throughout the years. During some of my darkest times Jan and Michael were there ready to help, and when I ran for City Council they emailed asking how they could help. I am so proud to have them as friends!

Now comes word that once again, the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) selected Capital Appliance as the Best Appliance Company in North Texas at Thursday’s Design Ovation awards.

They really are the best. I have them on speed dial whenever I need an appliance. We just replaced my Miele dishwashers a few months ago, and when I called and asked how long dishwashers were supposed to last (on average), the good people at Capital knew exactly: 8 years. Mine were 16 years old, but I have two. Only one went out, but I replaced both because broken dishwashers always happen during holidays or major dinner parties. 

This family-owned business has been doing upscale kitchens right since 1973, and their showroom off of Stemmons is a wonderful spot to discover the perfect range, ovens, and even laundry system for your home. But Capital is much, much more than appliances. (more…)

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Do you really know how important the doors in your home are?

Join us tomorrow evening, June 23, to get inspired by the latest trends and discover how the door — yes, the DOOR —  can be the most dynamic element of every home design. I will be moderating a savvy Lifestyle Panel of area trend experts and you are invited!

You have heard us harp on about the importance of the front door being the first introduction to your house. Well, tomorrow you can learn all about front doors and interior doors with the trending styles we are seeing in DFW. Come hear a thought-provoking panel discussion on how doors impact our design, get one-on-ones with area design experts and experience inspirational vignettes showcasing door design possibilities.

>>Event Registration<<

Thursday, June 23, 6-9 pm

Networking & Cocktails

Panel Discussion

Door Design Possibilities

Level 2

Dallas Design District

1250 Slocum St. Suite 758

Dallas, TX 75207

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